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IIM Bangalore hosts IMR Doctoral Conference 2019 on January 4 & 5

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Bangalore, 29 December, 2018: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore’s flagship journal IIMB Management Review (IMR) and the Office of the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) will present the tenth IMR Doctoral Conference (IMRDC 2019) on January 4 and 5, 2019 (Friday & Saturday), at the IIMB campus on Bannerghatta Road.

The conference brings together doctoral students from across the country for two days of intense academic discussions with senior academics and researchers, and aims at publication-oriented development of doctoral research work.

Keynote addresses, panel discussions and research workshops by eminent researchers and practitioners form an integral part of the academic interaction.

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In its 10th edition, the conference has received 115 competitive submissions from doctoral students in India and abroad. The submissions were taken through a rigorous three-step selection process. All submissions were screened for plagiarism initially and then reviewed by the Conference Chairs and a Review Committee comprising well-published domain experts from across the world. The result of the review process is a final set of 10 promising papers, selected for presentation at the conference. Each paper will be discussed by a different expert at the conference with the aim of providing every doctoral student (shortlisted in round 1) with at least two sets of detailed review comments. This is to help students enhance the quality of their work.

To initiate and encourage research-based discussions among doctoral students and young faculty, the conference has also scheduled a keynote address on Auditing and Governance and a panel discussion on Publishing from and on India. This year’s edition also has a session dedicated to insights from the corporate world aimed at integrating research and practice.

The distinguished speakers at IMRDC 2019 include:

Prof. Kannan Raghunandan, Professor and Ryder Eminent Scholar, School of Accounting at Florida International University, who will be delivering the keynote address on ‘An Agenda for Governance and Auditing Research in India’

Prof. Anirban Kar, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi; Prof. Dasaratha Rama, College of Business, Florida International University; and Prof. Anand Venkateswaran, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University who will participate in a panel discussion on ‘Publishing from India and on India’

Madhivanan Balakrishnan, Chief Technology & Digital Officer, ICICI Bank, who will deliver a talk on FinTech, as part of the corporate connect outreach.

The Conference Chairs for IMRDC 2019 are Prof(s). Debarati Basu (Finance & Accounting) and Shabana Mitra (Centre for Public Policy) of IIM Bangalore.

IMRDC in the Past

In 2009, IIMB Management Review (IMR), housed at IIM Bangalore, started the country’s first annual doctoral students’ conference for management. The journal’s 20 years of experience gives it a unique standing to successfully execute this event and enrich the research atmosphere in India. Since 2013, the Office of the Fellow Programme in Management, IIMB, has joined hands with IMR to host the conference, ensuring a more doctoral alignment.

The first conference was open to a small number of select institutes (IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, and the Indian Institutes of Technology). The IMRDC 2009 received a total of 24 drafts and 20 full papers of which 10 papers were selected for presentation. Three best paper awards were given, named after the eminent academicians Dipak C. Jain (then Dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA), Pradip N. Khandwalla (former Director, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India, and the L&T Chair Professor of Organisational Behaviour), and Marti G. Subrahmanyam (then Charles E. Merrill Professor of Finance, Economics and International Business, Leonard N Stern School of Business, New York University, USA).

Since the first edition 10 years back, the conference has grown manifold to become a benchmark event for doctoral students in India. From 20 full papers in 2009 to 115 such submissions a decade later, the conference is today India’s most prominent doctoral conference. With increasing submissions, the conference has also seen an increase in rigour. The acceptance rate this year has been less than 9 percent! IMRDC has made its place through thorough and constructive feedback on doctoral work and opportunities to engage with experts from India and abroad in close-knit settings.

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